Meet the Principal – Mrs Carolissen

26th January 2017

Dear Parents

Week two at Blouberg International deemed to be very exiting indeed.  We had two very successful parent information evenings held on Tuesday 24th of January for the Foundation Stage and 25th of January for Key stage 1 and 2.  We do appreciate the diligence which you have shown in supporting the staff by attending.

We trust that the video clip of IES which was shown during these meetings gave you thorough insights as to our goals and that it has you as excited about future exchanges between schools, as it has us as a staff.

This week we had the pleasure of Mrs Adele Searle (Head of Mathematics at St John’s in the UK) visit our school.  She spent two days at our sister schools in Houtbay and Helderberg and two days at our school. It is unfortunate that she has to return to the UK or else we would have kept her in sunny Cape Town.  Her current head at St John’s, Mr Mike Burgess has kindly requested that she not be poached by myself as this would mean the loss of his best mathematics teacher!  She is a great asset to the IES group globally and our school greatly benefited from her visit.

Mrs Searle is a wealth of knowledge; both students and staff enjoyed her wisdom and passion alike.  It is the heart of IES for all our schools “to be better”.  The initiative of training and sharing skills amongst our teachers is high on the agenda.  Continuous networking amongst our schools will definitely ensure that we are always thinking ahead and planning accordingly.  As I have mentioned at the information meetings, proper planning prevents poor performance and therefore, we need to raise the bar in terms of continuous communication and transparency.

The great team spirit of sharing between the various IES schools reminded me of the Southern Africa philosophy of “Ubuntu” – humanity or humanity towards others.  The belief in a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity.

We are looking forward to our Key stage 2 and High school sports days on Friday, 27th and Saturday, 28th of January and wish every student all the best as they compete in their individual events.

Warm regards Edna


19th January 2017

Dear Parents

I wish you a prosperous 2017 and welcome you to the new academic year at Blouberg International.

My heart warmed up by the lovely well wishes I have received from so many parents as well as the support from my staff.  I am very mindful that the task ahead of leading this wonderful school from strength to strength is by no means a puny.  It is very evident though, that every staff member is willing to give their very best to your children and the school.

On Monday 16 January, when I welcomed the staff to the new year, my heart felt the joy in seeing the excitement on every teacher’s face as we embark into this brand new season.  As I pondered over the summer holidays on a message to encourage the staff, I thought about sharing my heart in terms of education, children and the growth process we all need to embrace.

The importance of having vision and to plan the timeframe to achieve personal goals, which will bring forth internal growth in every area of our lives came to mind.

It should be every teacher’s dream to grow continuously and not to stagnate. When we have passion, we can inspire others passionately.  When we have a desire to grow, we allow others to grow.  The high expectations we have of others should start with a high expectation of oneself.

Although every new season brings its challenges, we can ensure that the season will be a triumphant and victorious one.

The challenge to myself, every staff member and every student is the following:

  • Be excellent
  • Be purpose driven
  • Communicate openly and honestly
  • Redeem the time

I look forward to this new season and leading a team on a journey that will ensure that Blouberg International School is the educational institution of choice in our community.

Warm regards Edna

“The difference between average people and achieving people is their perception of and response to failure” – John C Maxwell